Humanoid shapeshifters and shenanigan-loving groove maestros CAPYAC return with their “second debut album” CAPYAC FOREVER and their freaky fresh music video to “Ooeeooeeoo“. Dripping in surrealism, their personas and songs take on a new life elaborated with extended jams, improvised sketch comedies, costumes, props, dance troupes, and theatrics galore.
The tandem’s live sets are infamously full of antics you’ll only see at a CAPYAC show; be it freshly griddled pancakes tossed from the ACL Fest stage, wild musical and theatrical improvisations at Capitol Hill Block Party, SXSW, Wonderfront Fest and Euphoria Fest, or puppeteering across California’s finest stages.
Tell us about the story of your act
The story is that we met somewhere in space and time and made music together.
What is the message behind your art?
The message is: believe in magic and trust no one.
What are some sources of inspiration for your lyrics and storytelling?
Joseph Campbell. Tolkein. Come on Barbie, let’s go party.
Who is an artist that you look up to more than others today?
Yma Sumac. Soytiet. SOPHIE.
All time favorite record?
P. Sugz: Songs of Leonard Cohen /// Potion: Songs in the Key of Life
You seem to be fusing several musical genres. What inspires your sound?
We are both improvisational rather than intentional. Like most improv actors, we can hardly remember what we’ve done, or how we did it, once the moment has come and gone. The musical threads between us and 70s/80s dance music, New Wave, and 90s house should be more or less obvious. What I don’t think a lot of people notice is the silliness of it all, the absurdity of life. That probably comes from groups like Tom Tom Club, Weird Al, Skrillex (who is doing a bit).
What excites you the most about what you do?
The parts that have music involved.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
On a sailboat with good cheese
Your style is very original and elaborate. How do you take care of your aesthetics?
I don’t have an answer to this question. “It comes from within,” as they say.
What was the most daunting moment in your career so far?
That time we got robbed
What is the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
It’s not a race to see who can cook scrambled eggs the fastest. It’s about the eggs, and only the eggs…If we push things, we tend to break them. — Marco Pierre White